Bangladesh v India, 1st Test, Chittagong, 2nd day

Siddons slams Bangladesh batting response

Sriram Veera in Chittagong

January 18, 2010

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ICL returnee Shahriar Nafees could manage only 4, Bangladesh v India, 1st Test, Chittagong, 2nd day, January 18, 2010
It wasn't the best outing for ICL returnee Shahriar Nafees, as he managed only 4 © Associated Press
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India may have been bowled out for 243 in the morning session but Bangladesh coach Jamie Siddons fears the hosts might have spoiled the second day by losing three wickets. "I am really happy with the bowling performance," Siddons said. "However, three wickets, while batting at the end of the day was a pretty ordinary effort."

The Bangladesh openers Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes started off well, adding 53 runs, the highest opening stand for Bangladesh against India. However, just when the advantage was waiting to be seized, they started to make the errors. It was Kayes who faltered first. It wasn't a great delivery from Zaheer Khan but he fell trying to whip a full delivery across the line. Shahriar Nafees, on his comeback game post-ICL, pushed out at a delivery with an open bat face and edged to second slip. Both efforts didn't impress Siddons.

"We had two bad shots today," Siddons said. "You have to hit the bad ball, but I guess they tried to hit few good ones today as well." He also said there was no special instruction to be extra positive; he just put it down to the need to adjust better to Test cricket after playing an ODI series. "The transition from ODIs to Test can get a little tougher for some. There were no extra instructions."

Siddons, however, pointed out that Bangladesh still possess enough quality batsmen who can make a difference and help them gain a lead. "I am hoping they will apply themselves. I am hoping for one of the remaining batsmen to hit a hundred. We still have batsmen who can hit Test hundreds."

He also had words of praise for his bowlers who did not allow India to drag on their batting effort today. "We took the last two wickets today," Siddons said. "Tendulkar was batting well and if the tail had hung around with him, Tendulkar could have taken them to a bigger total. So I am happy."

It was a truncated day's play where 249 minutes of play was lost. There wasn't much cricket on offer and no one from India came to address the press.

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at Cricinfo

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